SAN FRANCISCO - January 17, 2007 - MuleSource, the leading provider of open source infrastructure and integration software, today announced that Mule has reached the 500,000 downloads milestone. Following an initial open source release in 2003 by creator Ross Mason, Mule has become the enterprise developer's most-used integration platform, and is currently in production at multiple Fortune 50 companies and more than 120 large enterprises worldwide.
Mule gained initial developer traction as the industry's first open source ESB (Enterprise Service Bus). Over time the user community has leveraged its simple configuration-based programming model to execute a wide range of J2EE integration tasks, with the ESB as one of many implementation topologies for Mule.
"As a developer, you face an infinite number of integration scenarios, so rigid tools that mandate specific architecture and standards choices have very limited value," said Mason. "Mule was designed to be the developer's first multi-purpose platform for integration. Because it's so modular, and because it supports such a comprehensive list of technologies and standards in enterprise production environments -- Mule is the one integration platform that truly adapts to the developer's environment. It's a great alternative to the rigid integration frameworks that impose architecture choices and approaches on the developer."
Today Mule use cases span every conceivable enterprise integration task - from integrating web services and applications, to creating powerful messaging backbones for financial services trading, to establishing frameworks that facilitate SOA deployments.
In October of 2006, venture capital firms Hummer Winblad and Morgenthaler funded MuleSource to serve as the official support and services organization for the Mule user base. Following the company launch, MuleSource rolled out new subscription options for Mule users, as well as introduced MuleHQ a monitoring and management system for Mule environments.
"In 2007, we are engineering a number of other exciting new capabilities into the Mule platform," said Dave Rosenberg, CEO and Co-founder of MuleSource. "While the platform supports the vast majority of technologies in today's enterprises, we are bringing in new capabilities to help users bridge the integration needs of new architectures and software development models they are evolving towards."
According to analyst firm IDC, by 2013, 72 percent of all servers will be virtual. In 2007, MuleSource will release a virtual Mule appliance with partner CohesiveFT. Mule's virtual appliance will make it possible to run Mule inside of a virtual container in VMware Player environments. Additionally, a Q2 release of the MuleHQ product will support management and monitoring of VM instances of Mule.
According to Gartner, SOA will be used in more than 50% of new "mission-critical" applications designed in 2007. Designed to support high-performance, multi-protocol transactions between services across an enterprise network - Mule is used in production environments today as the messaging backbone for SOA. Mule supports leading BPEL, rules engines and process management engines - and in 2007 will announce technology partnerships with complimentary SOA technology vendors.
According to analyst firm Gartner, 25% of new business software will be delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS) packs by 2011, up from 5% in 2005. As SaaS continues to rise, both service providers and consumers will face new transport-level protocol integration and data integration challenges. Mule was originally created in the financial services trading environment, and is uniquely suited to enable SaaS providers to scale their platform to handle these type of transport-level issues as their subscriber bases grow. In 2007, Mule will announce a number of new integration offerings for SaaS providers.
In Q2 of 2007, MuleSource also plans to announce the release of Mule version 2.0. Join the MuleSource mailing list for more updates on Mule 2.0 and other MuleSource announcements. For more information on MuleSource support & services options for production Mule users, please call 1-877-MULE-OSS, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MuleSource is the leading provider of open source infrastructure and integration software. Founded by the creators of the Mule project, the world's most reliable and widely-used open source ESB and integration platform, MuleSource delivers enterprise-class support and services to the hundreds of organizations that have downloaded the open source project worldwide. Founded in 2006 and backed by investors Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Morgenthaler Ventures, MuleSource is headquartered in San Francisco.